Activated charcoal is the latest ingredient to take the beauty industry by storm — in everything from purifying face masks to skin whitening treatments — but what are the benefits of activated charcoal for skin?
Activated charcoal, also known as activated carbon, is a tasteless and odorless powder and is created when oxygen is added to regular charcoal. This pure black powder has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, due to its powerful adsorption properties. Yes, adsorb. Unlike absorption, where a substance soaks up another substance, adsorption is when a substance binds to another substance. Simply put, activated charcoal is sort of a magnet for all the bad things in or on your body.
So how can this black powder save our faces from common skin care woes? According to beauty experts, the beauty benefits of activated charcoal include everything from unclogging pores to balancing out an uneven complexion.
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